Phone Interviews: Some Insight on being Out-Of-Sight
In the current economy, many companies are turning to phone interviews as an initial screening method before a face-to-face interview. Companies are not only conducting phone interviews more often, but they are also giving them more weight within the interview process. That means a phone interview is something to be taken seriously and should be prepared for in the same way as a face-to-face interview, while keeping a few things in mind.
The obvious difference between a phone interview and a face-to-face interview is the inability to see your interviewer. While this prohibits you from reading nonverbal cues from the interviewer, it allows you to have your resume, cover letter and even a cheat sheet in front of you. Your cheat sheet should include key points you want to make during the interview, including your skills and accomplishments. The cheat sheet can also include information about the company, such as their products, services, reputation and history. Also, remember to have a pencil and paper handy so you can take notes and jot down questions you may think of during the interview.
On the other hand, taking advantage of the interviewer's inability to see you does not mean you can forget about your appearance. Shower and dress though you are going to a face-to-face interview. Putting effort into you appearance will help place yourself in the right frame of mind. Schedule yourself at least 30 minutes in a quiet room where you will have access to a reliable phone (preferably a landline), away from your family, pets and any other noise that may be distracting.
Good luck, be confident and score that face-to-face interview!